I often receive calls from people seeking therapy who are unsure if they have anxiety or depression. What many of my clients find is they are experiencing both at the same time. In some ways, this combination can elicit the proverbial question: which comes first the chicken or the egg? Those who experience untreated anxiety may find over time they begin to experience depression due to the limitations their anxiety is imposing on their lives. Those who experience depression may find the inability to participate in life in the way that would like to be an anxiety-provoking situation.
There have been several studies that document the co-occurrence of anxiety and depression. While it is clear that these two diagnoses can occur together, the rate at which they do so can vary slightly depending on the study one reviews. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America about ½ of those experiencing depression are also experiencing anxiety. Another resource from Psychiatric Times reports anxiety and depression occur together up to 60% of the time. Clearly, there is a connection between anxiety and depression; but the reason why is yet unclear.
Some Signs You May Be Experiencing Anxiety and Depression:
The good news is the research shows both anxiety and depression are treatable with therapy. If you are questioning if you have anxiety or depression, please contact me and we can arrange a therapy session.
Growing up, most of us look forward to that fabulous day when we’ll be on our own. We think that becoming an adult means an endless party where we get to eat whenever we want, set our own bedtimes, and be free from the constraints that we believe are having a negative impact on our lives. However, when we reach the age where we leave for college or move out of our parent’s home, the reality is usually quite a bit different. The responsibility of taking care of ourselves paired with the often crippling fear of making the wrong decisions can lead many away from the happy life we imagined and into one marked by anxiety and depression.
However, this time still can be one of the most exciting and exhilarating periods of your life if you’re willing to embrace uncertainty, ask for help when you need it, and start making decisions you can feel good about. Here are 5 quotes I’ve found that have helped my clients be happier and more secure on their road to independence:
With courage, we can all better get to know ourselves and share our gifts with the world.
Risk vs. reward is always a theme in the lives of young adults who have recently struck out on their own. Once you realize the risk of NOT blooming is greater than the risks that come with taking action, you have taken a major step toward independence.
A good Dr. Seuss quote can help anyone deal with a little anxiety. I love this quote from Oh! The Places You’ll Go. I recommend every young adult add a copy of this book to their library.
I love Nora Ephron because she says stuff like this. One good way to combat anxiety is to stop worrying about what others will think and go make your own mark!
I love this quote for the freedom it inspires. It doesn’t matter if you make some wrong choices, go out there and explore!
As you begin your independent journey, keep these quotes handy to help guide you on your way. Live you dreams and remember that this life is yours and yours alone—you must do what speaks to your heart.
If you are struggling with indecision, fear of regret, feeling lost, or experiencing anxiety or depression, please contact me and we can arrange a therapy session.
Jessica is a mental health therapist who specializes in helping women free themselves from anxiety, depression, and other stress-related conditions. She is honored to witness the experiences of her clients and work with them toward meaningful lives.